Just posted this over at http://www.epicski.com/t/124935/blizzard-2015-lineup/60#post_1676243 , then figured it should go in Gear Reviews..
Thought folks might want a quick peek at what's coming for next year. (people love that)
Just got off a bunch of runs on the new 2014-2015 Blizzard X-Power 810 Ti IQ 125-81-108 r=18@174cm ($1,100 MSRP).
5 out of 5 people I skied with agreed it was a hands-down winner for frontside carving. Unanimous, no question about it.
Stunning edge engagement from the forebody, progressing underfoot and through the end of the tail with unwaivering security and smoothness. Similar feel to the Head iTitan, but more big-turn bias than shorter-radius turns. Damp without a heavy feel. Power on-demand if you load it up into an arc and release...you pick the level of acceleration you want. Feels like it is magnetically attached to the surface. Craves high edge angles under pressure with increasing speed at the end of the turn with elegant transition into the next turn. Complete confidence at speed, quiet, stable and secure with grip at nearly any angle. Does not require olympian-level fitness or focus to ski. Great ski. I think this might be my reference standard for frontside medium-to-high-speed carving in larger radius turns. Test conditions: Eastern hardpack (dry, dense & squeeky - 5 degrees F), with boilerplate underneath in spots. Perfect carving test surface.
I also got a single run on the new 2014-2015 Blizzard SRC Racing Suspension 121-70-106 r=13m@165cm ($1,300 msrp) and was blown away at the race grip and rebound available in this ski. Non-racers might find it has too much grip and zing and can overwhelm the senses if you're not ready, but experts will find this a tool with endless potential for big grins and citizen race podium finishes. Laser-like grip with a tail that seems to sink into the hardpack and boilerplate with a tenacity and rebound energy to launch people laterally across the hill if they like that kind of thing. Remarkably controlled and quiet at speed for such a racy race carver. Roll feet on edge, pressure and release...repeat as needed. Don't get in the back seat, you might not come back.This could be my standard for slalom racecarvers in the coming season. Great work. Last year, Blizzard called this ski "A benchmark in terms of agility and edge hold for very athletic skiers"....I agree.
(sorry...no spy photo of the binding suspension shock absorbing gadget underfoot...I have to leave some things unrevealed !)